We run a comprehensive Blood Borne Virus (BBV) service across the county, which offers treatment and support for patients with Hepatitis B and C, including those co-infected with HIV.
We offer full assessments which includes a diagnostic service, fibroscan and other imaging with access to all available therapies, as per NICE guidelines, including the potential to enter into clinical trials as appropriate.
We have clinics based at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre and Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
We take referrals from GPs and patients who wish to transfer their care to a local centre. The clinical lead is Dr Mark Roberts, Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine.
Our BBV nursing team is based at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, practising countywide. Our aim is to deliver a seamless service with an excellent track record in supporting patients through treatment.
The BBV screening service works in collaboration with drug and alcohol services. In the community setting our team offer BBV screening and Hepatitis B vaccinations. Any clients who require further treatment link directly into the acute service.
Education, training, staff support and harm reduction is paramount to the success of our service.
Please contact our clinical nurse specialists or Dr Roberts’ secretary for more information or advice.
Outpatient Appointments Blood Borne Virus (BBV)Team
As part of the response to the Covid-19 outbreak, the trust has implemented immediate restrictions on clinical activity. This includes the postponement of all new and non-cancer follow-up outpatient appointments. This is to ensure:
- Clinical teams have the capacity to care for patients in the most urgent clinical need, including growing numbers of patients with confirmed or suspected Covid-19
- Limit the number of patients coming onto our hospital sites to reduce risk of infection
- Reduce the impact of staff shortages and the impact of the new national guidance on self-isolation and social exclusion
What does this mean if I have an outpatient appointment to review the management of my HIV or Viral Hepatitis with the BBV Team?
- A member of the BBV team will contact you to arrange a telephone consultation at the time of your allocated appointment.
- However, if you have a clinical need for a face-to-face appointment and bloods to be taken your appointment will go ahead
What does this mean if I usually collect my prescriptions in person for HIV or Viral Hepatitis at my appointment or from the pharmacy department at the hospital?
- A member of the team will contact you to offer postal delivery of your medication
If you have any concerns or queries please contact the BBV Team as follows:
- HIV (Worcestershire) 01905 733240
- HIV (Herefordshire) 01432 803000
- Viral Hepatitis 01905 733792
- BBV Secretaries 01562 513072
Access the latest national advice and guidance at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you live with HIV access for disease specific advice access: www.bhiva.org or www.tht.org.uk
If you live with Viral Hepatitis for disease specific advice access: www.basl.org or www.britishlivertrust.org.uk